User talk:Johnnie390

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Edit War at Part-Dieu[edit]

Articles on the English-language Wikipedia may be written in various dialects. Articles with subject matters attached to a particular region that speaks one dialect generally take that spelling/usage (e.g., an article on the University of Leeds will take British spellings while an article on the Chicago Bulls will take American forms). For all other articles, the rule is that they should be consistent within an article.

For stub-length articles (short ones), the choice of the original author trumps unless there is a compelling reason to use another (because of geography, for instance). Lyon is in a French-speaking country, and thus there is no particular attachment to any variant of English. I started the Part-Dieu article on the English Wikpedia (initially as a translation of the French version), and I used American forms. Based on the first-to-write rule of Wikipedia, the article should stay in that format.

For this reason, please stop edit-warring that article. See the rules at Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Retaining_the_existing_variety for more information. Jkatzen (talk) 03:40, 11 March 2008 (UTC)

Lyon / France is a European Union city where European English (British / Irish) is the standard English used. I am NOT impressed with the use of american English in this context.

March 2008[edit]

Information.svg In a recent edit to the page Gare de Lyon-Part-Dieu, you changed one or more words from one international variety of English to another. Because Wikipedia has readers from all over the world, our policy is to respect national varieties of English in Wikipedia articles.

For subjects exclusively related to Britain (for example, a famous British person), use British English. For something related to the United States in the same way, use American English. If it is an international topic, use the same form of English the original author used, in this case, American English.

In view of that, please don't change articles from one version of English to the other, even if you don't normally use the version the article is written in. Respect other people's versions of English. They in turn should respect yours. Other general guidelines on how Wikipedia articles are written can be found in the Wikipedia:Manual of Style. If you have any queries about all this, you can ask me on my talk page or you can visit the help desk. Thank you. —Travistalk 22:30, 12 March 2008 (UTC)